Women and the Great Western Railway by Rosa Matheson

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  • Title: Women and the Great Western Railway
  • Author: Rosa Matheson
  • Category: Transportation
  • Date: October 2011
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780752474328

 

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The Great Western Railway struggled with what was known as ‘the ladies query’ for a few years. It had heartily agreed with The Railway Sheet and Official Gazette that ‘the first purpose of ladies’s existence is marriage, that completed, the subsequent is ordering her house’. Yet ladies have been the most cost-effective type of labour, other than younger women, presenting the firm with a dilemma and the GWR lastly succumbed to permitting ladies to work after heavy exterior pressures. Using over 100 footage, Swindon creator Rosa Matheson traces the growth of this problematic relationship, from its beginnings in the 1870s when ladies have been employed as sewers and netters at Swindon Works, by means of the modifications wrought by the two world wars and entry of ladies into railway workplaces – fiercely opposed by the firm and by the unions and many males who resented sharing the lowly paid however prestigious title of ‘clerk’ with ladies. The e book additionally makes use of many authentic paperwork and kinds in addition to written and oral testimonies offering first-hand insights into the ladies’s experiences

 

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